Werner Cloete, Member of Engage Committee

Posted

January 2013

A new year is upon us and I am thrilled to see what is in store for the Engage movement in the year
ahead! 2012 was a year of exciting growth for Engage: this website was launched and received
visits from over 20 countries, great speakers were hosted, clever initiative was employed and more
schools got involved as the awareness of the importance of investing in fatherhood grew.

I had the priviledge of sharing regarding Engage at a number of events, e.g. the Value-driven Schools
seminar hosted by Fedsas and at a meeting for headmasters of special needs schools in Cape
Town. Representatives from a number of schools attended presentations about Engage: Swartland
Hoërskool, PIketberg Hoërskool and Malmesbury Christian Primary school to name a few. It was also
fantastic to visit father-son evenings at Overberg Primary in Caledon and De Vrije Zee Primary school
in Goodwood to share about the importance of the restoration of fatherhood.

At the school where I teach, we will be launching Engage amongst the new Grade 8 parents with a
father-son camp. Especially exciting is the Saturday morning fatherhood workshop where our new
fathers will be encouraged to take their jobs as fathers seriously. Another feature of the camp will be
organising dads into teams that agree to take mutual responsibility for the character development of
their sons.

Regarding the format of Engage, we need to do some more collaborative thinking this year since
we are busy growing a model to serve the schools of our country and the world. We are planning on
condensing the Engage programme at Paul Roos Gymnasium to 12 sessions that can be spread out
over a period of three years, but a lot of work remains and input regarding this will be welcomed!
God-willing, this process will see more guidance provided for schools that are looking to engage.

I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this process with enquiries, suggestions,
comments and prayers.

May 2013 be a year in which more and more schools restore fatherhood in their communities!